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A lesser known cause of malnutrition
Thursday, 14 June 2012
THE DRASTIC weight loss and emaciation seen with pancreatic exocrine insufficiency (PEI) is more than obvious, yet the condition itself remains... Read more...
Probiotics: Evidence-based guidelines
Thursday, 02 February 2012
  The term “probiotics” was first introduced in 1965 by Lilly and Stillwell; in contrast to antibiotics, probiotics were defined as... Read more...
New global strategy for COPD
Thursday, 02 February 2012
Early stage COPD carries a significant healthcare burden that is currently underrecognised, underdiagnosed and undertreated. Furthermore, patients at... Read more...
Diagnosing lung cancer: Guideline update
Thursday, 07 July 2011
The long-awaited updated guidance on diagnosing lung cancer was released last week by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the... Read more...
Advances in treatment of chronic total occlusion
Friday, 17 June 2011
Marie Feely learns of the unique advances in the Mater Private Hospital’s Heart Centre that are improving patients’ lives Read more...
An overview of atopic dermatitis
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Eczema, or  atopic dermatitis, is a common inflammatory disease of the skin. The condition often has its start in childhood and follows a variable... Read more...
Silver bullet treatments in lung cancer
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
In lung cancer, even patients presenting with early, more manageable disease have a low five-year survival rate. A Scottish analysis reported that 50... Read more...
Ask the specialist: Depression
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Consultant psychiatrist and author Dr Conor Farren answers questions on managing depression in the community Read more...
Complications of chronic kidney disease
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) includes any conditions that affect the kidney with the potential to cause either progressive loss of kidney function or... Read more...
Barrett’s oesophagus: Diagnosis and management
Friday, 11 March 2011
Barrett’s oesophagus is a benign condition where the normal (stratified squamous) lining of the oesophagus is replaced by abnormal cells... Read more...
Performance intelligence future of healthcare
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
TRAG Performance Intelligence Group Ireland and UK (TRAGPI) is an advisory company focused on providing integrated cost and quality management... Read more...
New data on Zytiga presented at ASCO
Friday, 22 June 2012
  Data related to Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) clinical studies have been selected for presentation at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American... Read more...
MSD Launches Elonva in Ireland
Friday, 22 June 2012
  MSD has announced the availability of Elonva in Ireland (corifollitropin alfa injection), a new treatment for fertility. Elonva is approved for... Read more...
Campaign to highlight awareness of sight-threatening condition in people with diabetes
Friday, 22 June 2012
According to research, over three quarters (75 per cent) of people with diabetes in Ireland have not heard of the condition diabetic macular oedema... Read more...
Boots Ireland lowers cost of prescription medicines
Friday, 22 June 2012
  Boots Ireland has announced new lower prescription medicine prices. The changes will reduce the price of the majority of prescription medicines. Read more...
Laya healthcare marks launch by announcing 100 new jobs
Friday, 25 May 2012
  Laya healthcare has marked its official launch by announcing 100 new jobs over the next three years. The company currently employs 343 people at... Read more...
Survival advantage shown with Betaferon in MS trial
Friday, 04 May 2012
  Bayer HealthCare has announced data published this month in Neurology from the Betaferon 21-year Long-term Follow-up (LTF) Study, which showed... Read more...
Teva's Naramerg name change
Monday, 23 April 2012
  Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland would like to announce the following name change: Naramerg (naratriptan) film coated tabs 2.5mg has changed to... Read more...
EFIC-Grünenthal grant supports young scientists
Monday, 23 April 2012
  Young scientists from across Europe are invited to apply for the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) 2012, one of the most highly regarded pain... Read more...
Boehringer Ingelheim gains approval for extended time-window for Actilyse
Monday, 23 April 2012
  Boehringer Ingelheim has announced that Actilyse has been approved for thrombolytic treatment of acute ischaemic stroke up to 4.5 hours after... Read more...

OUR VIEW: When does a crisis become a crisis?

The perennial problem of emergency department overcrowding will not be fixed overnight, writes DANIELLE BARRON


Fitness to Practise under scrutiny

The Medical Council is attempting to build a case to change the manner in which Fitness to Practise cases are handled, IMN has learned.


Concern at doctors being subpoenaed

The IMO has written to the Chief Justice expressing concern at the number of doctors who are being subpoenaed to attend court at short notice and the impact this is having on their day to day practice, it has emerged.



New proposals on consultant pay

The Director of Industrial Relations with the IMO, Mr Steve Tweed, has stressed that the performance measurement criteria contained in the new Labour Relations Commission proposals on pay for new entrant consultants are all set out in the Consultant Contract 2008.



Diabetic eye screening adding to GP workload

The IMO has expressed concern that patients can only register for the new national diabetic retina screening programme – Diabetic RetinaScreen – via their GP and says this is adding to the workload of GPs.


Spike in psychiatric presentations at Crumlin


Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin (OLCHC) has seen a significant increase in the number of children presenting to its emergency department (ED) with acute mental health distress, IMN has learned.



CUH seeks outpatient solution


A new administrative system is being sought by Cork University Hospital (CUH) to help solve the problem of growing outpatient waiting lists, IMN reports.



HSE seeks major performance assurance system

The HSE is looking to design a performance assurance system with the aim of transforming how  midwives and other healthcare employees provide care to patients, IMN reports.


IMO threaten further industrial action

Industrial action undertaken by the IMO regarding salary scales for NCHDs on “run through programmes” could escalate if other hospitals decide to implement the new scales imposed by the HSE, IMN reports.



NAGP to raise concerns with Competition Authority

The NAGP is to contact the Competition Authority this week to ascertain if it is anti-competitive for the Government to negotiate with only one doctors’ union.



EWTD compliance slipping


Compliance with the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in HSE hospitals has decreased in recent months, IMN reports.



Just €5m of €20m mental health funding spent

IMN has learned that just €5 million of the €20 million in additional funding for mental health staffing provided in 2014 has been spent on the sector to date, with half of the funds allocated to the overall health budget.


New information system for CIPC

The HSE is seeking to introduce an information system for the Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC) Service, more than a year after its launch.



GPs to have powers to reinstate medical cards

GPs have dismissed reports that new enhanced powers to reinstate medical cards were already in place.



New HSE Service Plan 'realistic' - O'Brien

The HSE Director General has admitted that a €180 million in “non-specified pay savings” included in the 2014 Service Plan was never sought as it was “not realistic”.



EDITORIAL: The great resistance

The spread of antibiotic resistance is a greater threat than Ebola, writes DANIELLE BARRON



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